Dear Dragon sailors,
We will be happy to welcome you in Italy when you think of racing your Dragon! We will provide you with high level racing and an unmatched hospitality and climate!
The 2012 Italian calendar will start 22 March in Sanremo with the International Dragon Cup and Italian Open Championship. Sanremo is now a classic and an important event that counts around sixty boats from a dozen of nationalities. Whoever sailed her or his Dragon in Sanremo for the last two years, knows that conditions greatly vary, from strong winds from the West to more gentle breezes.
Nearly a month after, the appointment will be in Alassio for the Alassio Dragon Week, 20-22 April. Alassio, world famous for its hotels and restaurants, will greet Dragon sailors with predictable breezes between the Gallinara Island and the main coast.
Viareggio appointment will follow in May 19-20, for a new regatta that is now on its second edition. Sailors love Viareggio. In fact, the city hosted an European Star Championship with some 140 boats attending in June 2010.
The most important new entry in the Italian Dragon calendar is Naples. The historical RYCC Savoia together with the Comitato Circoli Velici del Golfo di Napoli will host an International Regatta 22-24 June to rekindle the memories of the 1960 Olympic Games when Prince Konstantin of Greece won the Gold Medal for his country in a Dragon.
An event for only classic wooden Dragons will take place the following week end in Naples, ie, 27 June to 1 July. Owners of classic Dragons are invited to attend both events!
Another new entry is a regatta on the Adriatic Sea, and particularly in Civitanova Marche, from the 4th to the 5th of August. Marche is a region of Central Italy bordering Tuscany and Umbria to the West and the Adriatic Sea to the East. Marcheshire is the nickname given to an area in the southern provinces of Marche because the large number of British expats living there. The name is derived from a similar British enclave in Tuscany dubbed Chiantishire by John Mortimer in 'Summer's Lease'.
The calendar will continue in Torbole with one classic of the international calendar, the Hans Detmar Wagner Cup, 17-21 October, an event created time ago by the German Dragon Association and now in its 8th edition. This is now becoming an international attraction. Its location, tucked in the NE corner of Lake Garda, is like a sailor university and it is much appreciated for its strong and steady winds, food and excellent wines.
To close 2012, we will come back to Imperia, and its Ligurian warmth, 22-25 November for the Partnership and Ernesto Quaranta Trophy, where we expect to be entertained by our local Dragon sailors with their ever present kindness.
Siete I benvenuti! You are most welcome!
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